Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Today's Dental
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Dental VeneersIn dentistry as in life, beauty is in the eye of the beholder—what one person considers an imperfect or damaged smile could look close to perfection to someone else. While there is no finite or set in stone definition of what constitutes a perfect or beautiful smile, there are a few characteristics that are generally considered hallmarks of healthy and attractive teeth: white, fairly even, and symmetrical. The good news is that winning the genetic lottery and being born with perfect teeth are not necessary to achieve these benchmarks, for dental veneers can change the size, color, and shape of the surface of damaged teeth to fix cosmetic imperfections. The dentists at Today's Dental, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, offer a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services in Houston, TX—read below to learn more!

What are Veneers

Dental veneers are made from a thin, translucent layer of porcelain that closely matches the texture and color of tooth enamel for a natural, organic finish. The porcelain is bonded to the surface of the tooth and then molded to achieve the desired size, shape, and finish.

When are Veneers a Good Option?

Veneers are a good option to repair surface imperfections and minor chips and cracks to the front teeth, as they are commonly used to:

  • Whiten stained or discolored teeth
  • Repair mild to moderate chips and cracks (larger or more severe breaks or deep cavities typically require a crown)
  • Close minor gaps and spaces (spacing problems caused by bite and alignment issues may require orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign)
  • Reshape damaged or unattractive teeth

Furthermore, with good oral hygiene and preventive dental care, veneers can last anywhere from five to ten years, often longer.

Find a Dentist in Houston, TX

For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options, contact our Houston office by calling (281) 580-0770 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Oancea and Dr. Thornton today!

Fill in the cracks in your smile with dental bonding. Dental bonding is a simple and effective method for correcting various cosmetic dental bondingimperfections in teeth, including cracks or chips. Dental bonding can also be used to conceal stains and discolorations, as well as fill in small gaps between teeth. The bonding material used to fill in cracks and correct other imperfections permanently bonds with the tooth and looks like a natural part of the tooth once dry. At Today's Dental, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton are your dentists in Houston, TX, for dental bonding.

Dental Bonding

Several different cosmetic dental options are available for filling in cracks and improving the overall appearance of your smile. While there are many good options, dental bonding is one of the most affordable. Further, the procedure for applying bonding material to problem areas is quick and uncomplicated in comparison to other cosmetic dental procedures. A Houston area dentist, such as Dr. Oancea or Dr. Thornton at Today's Dental, can help you decide if dental bonding is the best option for addressing your cosmetic dental concerns.

Dental bonding is performed using a composite resin material. The material can be color matched to your existing teeth so that it readily blends in and looks completely natural. The bonding material is applied directly on the problem area, such as over a crack or chip in your tooth. Once the bonding material has been completely applied, it is then dried. During the drying process, the material bonds with the tooth, permanently becoming part of it. Dental bonding can be used to correct the following cosmetic concerns:

• Fill in cracks
• Repair chipped teeth
• Fill in small gaps between teeth
• Conceal stains and discolorations 
• Reshape misshaped teeth
• Cover and protect exposed tooth roots

Dental bonding can fill in the cracks in your smile and correct or conceal various other cosmetic imperfections, as well. To learn more about dental bonding and how it can help your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Oancea or Dr. Thornton, your Houston, TX, dentists, by calling Today's Dental at (281) 580-0770.

By Today's Dental
February 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Let’s find out what cosmetic dentistry could do to revamp the appearance of your smile.cosmetic dentistry

Are you proud of your smile? While there are some people who are happy with their smile as is, there are others who feel embarrassed by discolorations, cracks, gaps between teeth and other issues. Luckily, our Houston, TX, dentists, Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, can easily give you the smile you want with cosmetic dentistry.

What kind of cosmetic dentistry is the right choice for you? Here are some of your options:

Teeth Whitening

If you are an avid coffee drinker, you may have the dental stains to prove it. Of course, besides the foods and drinks we consume, aging can also affect the brightness of our smile. Luckily, our fast in-office whitening system can often get teeth visibly whiter in just one one-hour session. Imagine coming into our office with dull, yellowing teeth and walking out of our office with a brand new, radiant smile? It’s possible when you turn to us for whitening.

Porcelain Veneers

Are you looking to hide some serious discolorations, chips and cracks? Do you have teeth that are misshapen or worn down? Does the gap between your front teeth bug you? If you truly want to change the size, shape or color of one or more teeth, dental veneers can mask all of these imperfections. Just by bonding these thin porcelain shells onto the front of your teeth we can get your smile whiter, straighter and more attractive. Traditional veneers will require some tooth preparation prior to applying the restorations, but it’s painless and minimally invasive.

Dental Implants

Losing a tooth can be disheartening but you’ll be happy to hear that our Houston general dentist offers an amazing way to restore your missing tooth or teeth for the long-term. Implants are the closest you’ll get to a natural tooth. They are surgically placed into the jawbone where over the course of several weeks they fuse together with bone and tissue. Implants are extremely durable, designed to last decades and can support everything from a single crown to a full set of dentures.

These are only some of the fantastic cosmetic dentistry options we offer in Houston, TX. Just remember that Today's Dental is dedicated to giving you a smile you just can’t wait to show off. If you think your smile could benefit from cosmetic dentistry, give us a call to schedule your consultation.

By Today's Dental
October 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

It's the little things that tend to bother us the most, whether it's a small scratch at the corner of your dresser or a chip in your tooth. veneersCovering up that scratch is an easy fix, and so is concealing little flaws that keep your smile from being perfect. Dr. Tiberiu Oancea and Dr. Jeromy Thornton, your Houston, TX dentists at Today's Dental explain how you can benefit from veneers.

Veneers hide flaws

Veneers are created in a dental laboratory using a very thin layer of porcelain. The thin porcelain shells are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth, completely covering imperfections. The entire process only takes two visits.

Dental veneers offer versatility

Veneers can conceal a variety of flaws. Perhaps you hate the color of your teeth and are frustrated after multiple attempts to lighten them. Although whitening products can be helpful, they can't always get teeth as white as you would like. Thanks to dental veneers, you can achieve the bright smile of your dreams. You'll even be able to pick the shade of white you want. Veneers work equally well if just one or two teeth are discolored. Your dentist will make sure that your new veneer matches the color of surrounding teeth.

Chips or pits in the surface of your teeth can be very noticeable. Veneers cover those flaws, allowing the treated teeth to blend in effortlessly. Veneers are also a good choice if you have a small gap between your front teeth or one tooth isn't quite as long as the others. If the gap is large or your tooth is very short, your Houston dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment or a crown to correct the problem.

Veneer care is simple

Brushing and flossing your teeth will keep your veneers in perfect condition. You won't need any special equipment to care for veneers, but you should avoid abrasive toothpastes that can scratch them. It's also important to avoid biting into hard foods or objects, like hard pretzels or plastic packaging, as this can break veneers. If you grind your teeth at night, consider wearing a nightguard to prevent damage to your dental veneers.

Are you ready to improve your smile with dental veneers? Call Drs.Oancea and Thornton, your Houston, TX dentists at Today's Dental, at (281) 580-0770 to schedule an appointment.

By Today's Dental
May 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”